2019 Kentucky Derby Sets All-Time Handle Records; $4.1 Million Wagered In Japan

Derby fans weathered a continuous late-afternoon rain as Country House seized the 145th Kentucky Derby Presented by Woodford Reserve within a sloppy track. Wagering out of all-sources was the on both the Kentucky Derby Day program and on the Kentucky Derby race.
Wagering from all-sources on the Kentucky Derby Day program totaled $250.9 million, an 11% growth over the 2018 total and previous record of $225.7 million. Wagering from all-sources on the Kentucky Derby race climbed 10 percent to $165.5 million from the prior record of $149.9 million set last year. This year’s wagering record includes $4.1 million of manage wagered in Japan for this being the first year the Kentucky Derby has been provided for wagering in the country.
Attendance of 150,729 decreased 4 percent compared to a year ago, since the danger of an all-day rain forecast kept many fans away.
This year’s Derby purse was elevated $1 million to a guaranteed $3 million making it the richest in history for America’s greatest race and first leg of horse racing’s Triple Crown. “We are deeply grateful to all of the lovers of the Kentucky Derby across the globe who once again made this an amazing and unforgettable experience,” said Bill Carstanjen, CEO of Churchill Downs Incorporated (“CDI”). “We anticipate the Kentucky Derby Week Adjusted EBITDA to signify an additional record with $4.5-to-$6.0 million of expansion over last year.”
TwinSpires, the country’s leading online and mobile betting system along with the official betting partner of the Kentucky Derby, listed $48.4 million in handle on Churchill Downs races to the Kentucky Derby Day program, an increase of 20% over the prior year. TwinSpires’ handle on the Kentucky Derby race alone was $30.2 million, up 23 percent over 2018.
All-sources manage for Opening Night, Saturday, April 27, through Derby Day, Saturday, May 4, rose to a new record of $343.0 millionup 10% from the prior record of $311.2 million set last year. Attendance for all those five days had been 360,237down 4.

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